How to leash train a Miniature Schnauzer puppy can be a hard task for a first time dog owner. But, having had success with your first puppy, leash training any puppy is easy from then on.
To have your dog walk correctly on a leash is an important fact of life these days. With strict laws in most cities throughout the world, dogs are banned from walking freely on the streets. In other words, puppies and adult dogs must be controlled when walking outside their own property; therefore, the very valid reason for dog owners knowing how to train a dog to walk on a leash.
How to Leash Train a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy from the Start
Once a young puppy knows what a leash looks like it’s all go when he sees a leash in your hand. All puppies, including Miniature Schnauzer puppies, love the excitement of going for a walk. They don’t care about whether the walk is done correctly or not; all they care about is the fun of seeing new things and doing some exploring.
However, for the puppy’s owner, correctly training puppy to walk on a leash is of major importance as there is nothing more tiring than having a dog pulling on the leash, and pulling you along with it.
Even a small dog, such as a Miniature Schnauzer, can make outings a misery if they are not properly leash trained. Puppy may choose to walk in front of you, behind you, or just stop and refuse to go further. This behavior is most unpleasant and needs to be controlled while the puppy is young.
Watch this video to view professional training
Although the dog in this video is not a Miniature Schnauzer the leash training technique applies to all dog breeds.
Be Clear About Who is Leading Who
As the owner of the puppy, it is important for you to learn quickly how to be a great Pack Leader. It is a dog’s natural instinct to follow the leader of the pack. If you don’t show your dog that you are the Pack Leader, he will take over the role himself and leave you struggling to deal with his bad behavior.
Training Puppy to Walk on His Leash
As previously mentioned, your puppy will get excited when he sees you have the leash in your hand. ‘WOW, we’re off for a walk – it’s time to jump around’ he thinks. Well, no, that’s not what you need. So how do you deal with his excitement?
- To quieten your puppy down – ignore him. Be sure not to look him in the eye; just walk away and leave him to calm down. Do this as often as you need to until he sits quietly and lets you put the leash on his collar.
- Having started on the walk you will need to make sure that your Miniature Schnauzer is walking in the direction that you want to go.
- Your aim is to get puppy to walk beside you, not in front of you, or behind you,
- Have the length of the leash adjusted correctly so that puppy has to walk at your side.
- Above all else, remember that you are the Pack Leader and it is your place to stay in control.
Miniature Schnauzers are a very intelligent breed of dog and with correct training, your Miniature Schnauzer puppy will quickly respond to your commands. You will both be able to look forward to years of enjoyment walking together, exploring city and suburban streets as well as the open countryside.